[...] Posted November 5, 2008 Filed under: Design | A recent MIT LabCast features what they call Urban Pixels where public space lighting can be programmed in all kinds of [...]
Nirmit01.17.09 / 3am
I think conceptually idea of pixel, its integration with architecture and urban usabilty is quite interesting.However, I wonder the shown realization’s efficiency as conventional lighting. Since in conventional lighting (photometric) standards for urban spaces are so rigidly regulated by safty and security issues. How do you think to address this with your system? or do you see it only as an additional luminous skin over facade? Would you also consider issue of night polluition as there are not so efficient optics to this installation? I am sure you are aware of these issues at well respected MIT, and I really wish you good luck and good work. Thanks for your podcast.
I am working on playful and interactive lighting for urban plaza, where I am exploring concept of integrated lighitng in my master thesis at KTH, Stockholm.
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Program is truly exciting. Rigth now we are developing the next generation of urban outdoor luminaires for cities. Your program has a lot of information that could be used with our programs.
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[...] Urban Pixels is a project by the MIT Media Lab. This distributed system is built of individual pixels that configure together in a display system. The pixel systems are suited for lighting and display and are therefore blurring the boundaries between digital facade displays and street lighting. Very interesting, because it can be used for both illuminating a space and conveying information. Currently the MIT Media Lab is working on an Urban Pixels prototype. The researchers and designers aim to make it a fully self-sustainable lighting system that charges itself with solar or wind energy. Furthermore, they want to make it suitable for control by, for example, text messages. Let’s hope we’ll hear more from this project soon. [...]
Wow, as an architect I love this system and would love to include in my immediate projects, it’s just fantastic! Imagine a building that talks to people, now that is something I will get behind and promote, you should email me to see how we can collaborate, I love the idea of the city as a “night canvas”, with people with cell phones and buildings with these systems talking to each other. Wow.